🤢Sensitive Skincare Routine • How To Calm Down Irritated Skin
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I’ve never, ever felt this raw and sensitised after using a mask. This is almost like a chemical peel burn, but it… So a few months back, I completely burned my skin by using a really, really harsh, strong acid mask. And it just left my skin super, super red – like a tomato! My skin was really sensitised, it was inflamed, and it wouldn’t really agree with any other skincare products that I would put on. But, this is the routine that was really effective in soothing down my skin, and bringing my skin back to a healthier state. And I highly recommend you guys to do this routine if you have hypersensitivity! I think a lot of times, we get too excited with new skincare products, so we tend to overdo things. So, this is the perfect routine for you! If you are new to my channel, hello, welcome, and my name is Liah Yoo, please hit that subscribe button and the bell button right down there, so you guys can get notifications for skincare tips! And yeah, let’s move on to the routine! Rule number one is to cleanse less, or skip cleansing if it is possible. Cleanser inevitably, it does have surfectants; detergents in it which does kind of compromise your skin barrier. What our strategy here is to protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier as much as we can! I would totally skip cleansing for about two days, and if I really, really, really have to cleanse my skin with a cleanser, I would reach for something that’s gentle, that I know that it’s not going to compromise my skin barrier, like my little baby right here from Krave Beauty (Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser). But even then I would just cleanse it as quickly as possible, like in less than fifteen seconds, so that I can minimise the contact that the cleanser stays on my skin. Now cleanser is the most aggressive skincare product out there, so it can be very irritating when you do have hypersensitivity. So water wash instead if you need to, and using the right water is really, really important. Please avoid the tap water during this period, because it can also aggravate, and trigger the sensitivity, and all the minerals, and all the other substances in the tap water, especially those of you guys who live in Europe, where there’s hard water. It is going to irritate your skin, like the water itself, so what I like to do is that I either wash with distilled, purified water, or either colloidal oat. This is super duper easy; you just need to soak some oats into purified, or drinkable water, whatever you like, that doesn’t irritate your skin. And let the oats sit and soak for about thirty minutes or so, and you can use that water part to wash your skin, you can use it with your hands to wash it off, however what I like to do is use a really, really gentle cotton pad and saturate the water part, then slowly, and very, very gently, swipe it all across the skin. The choice of a cotton pad is super duper important, so just make sure you’re not using anything harsh, abrasive or that has an exfoliating texture. Use a very smooth, very soft and gentle, preferably hypoallergenic, cotton pad. And the Etude House Round Cotton Pads are my favourite at the moment, it’s so soft, it feels like a baby butt, and I just really really like it. Colloidal oat wash is something that I highly, hundred percent recommend to any friends of mine, who are going through like rashes, or getting hives, or like just eczema and whatnot. This is something that really, really does help relieving that irritation and sensitivity. So after washing your skin with that oat water, what I like to do personally is just pat everything in, and just absorb every goodness, so that the colloidal oats can keep relieving my irritation, and keep my skin more sane. But if you prefer to wash it off, that is totally fine. You can use purified drinkable water to slightly, gently wash the residue off. Now, moving onto the actual skincare routine; just skip everything, stop everything, drop everything, and use a moisturizer! You just need one, basic moisturizer to do its job. The reason why you need to moisturise your skin is that your skin regenerates, rejuvenates, heals and recovers way better in a very moisturised environment. So your aim is to create that very moisturised environment for your skin to heal better. Now if you do have a moisturiser that works very well, without aggravating or sensitising your skin, even on the very hypersensitive days, that is great A lot of times, a lot of moisturisers; they have a very long list of ingredients, which means that your skin is exposed to a lot of more chance, higher chance, to get sensitised by like fifty different ingredients So, what I really really love and adore, in this period specifically, is Avene Skin Recovery Cream. The reason why I love it, and the reason why I recommend it, is because it is a super basic, boring, simple moisturizer, that does the job. First of all, this does come with very, very short and simple ingredients, that’s what makes it so, so boring, but so, so perfect for hypersensitive skin. You’re really lowering the risk for your skin to be sensitised to a possible potential allergens, inside a random moisturizer. I think they only put very well tolerated ingredients in this. Second of all, this doesn’t have any preservatives. Don’t get me wrong; I love my preservatives in my skincare products, I think they are much needed, and I don’t really buy into all of these ‘natural’ cosmetic brands claiming they are ‘preservative free’, and they have a packaging that is very exposed to the air, that keeps the micro-organisms growing, and that flourishes the bacteria. However preservatives can be a little bit irritating to sensitive skin types. That’s along with fragrance, that’s along with other sensitising ingredients like essential oil. But, the way that they make this product preservative free is that their entire facility dedicated to making this range is one hundred percent sterile, so they have a patent on this entire packaging to make it preservative free. Also it doesn’t have any bullshit ingredients, which I really like and appreciate. If you don’t want to use a moisturizer, but you want to just slightly moisturise your skin and nourish the skin with an oil, that is completely fine as well, just use a drop of two and add it in very very gently. The next tip is probably to skip sunscreen until your skin is healed. I know that just came out of my mouth, and this goes against my entire sunscreen every day preaching, whatever, but if you do have hypersensitive skin and your skin is just healing and recovering, just focus on that, I think that should be the priority. Sunscreen itself can be a little bit too much in this period for your skin, your skin can not really handle it; it might be too tingly, it might be too stinging on the skin, it might be quite irritating, depending on what sunscreen you’re using, so just cut it out of your routine for a while, get back on it, and use it every single day after your skin is healed. And this also comes with a premise that you are staying indoors, and also you are not staying in direct sunlight, because UV exposure itself can be very, very, very irritating to the skin, so keep your skin away from direct sunlight. And you can still do this by doing… this! Yeah. Physical blocking all the way. You can use a visor hat, sun umbrella, this is an umbrella but you can use an umbrella too, sunglasses, mask, anything like a light scarf. It’s the way to live in 2018! The next tip is to avoid wearing makeup at all costs, until your skin is completely healed. I don’t know what your priority is, but I think your skin should heal first. I don’t need to give a reason why you should skip makeup, since I think that it’s pretty straightforward! If you do have to wear makeup, go for mineral makeup over liquid foundation, because mineral makeup sits on top of the skin, instead of going into the skin. So, mineral makeup can be less irritating to you guys. Now, in the case that you wore makeup, don’t remove it with cleansing water, or any other form of makeup removers, because it can be irritating. As I told you, there is a lot of surfactants in there, so what you want to do instead is to remove it with just 100% plant oil; like jojoba seed oil, whatever oil that you have, even olive oil is fine if you can tolerate it. These are the oils that don’t have detergents, so it’s not going to strip away the skin. If you’re not 100% comfortable using an oil as a cleanser, just use a cleansing oil – that will do, but don’t follow it up with a second cleanser because you’re really over-cleansing your skin at this point. But the best way to avoid any kind of hassle of this is not to wear makeup. Do you know what’s also important guys? It is stress management and sleep management. Those little stress hormones called cortisol inside my body, those are the bad ones that you need to stay away from, at least for this period. So, stress can really do a lot of things to our skin; it can inflame your entire system inside, and then the inflammation can be shown inside-out, it can aggravate the redness, and it can weaken the skin barrier. And sleep management is very linked to stress hormones, and also rejuvenation of your body, and once your mind and body is more relaxed, your skin rejuvenates way better, without any kind of interference inside your body. I hope you guys found this video informative, and somewhat helpful; if it was, please give it a big ‘thumbs up’ by clicking that thumbs up button down below! I hope you guys try this routine, it really does save my skin, by a hundred percent. My skin gets better in probably a day or two, I wish you good luck if you are struggling with hypersensitivity! I’ll talk to you guys on my Instagram (@liahyoo) and I’ll see you guys next time! Bye!

100 thoughts on “🤢Sensitive Skincare Routine • How To Calm Down Irritated Skin

  1. I love ur advise ,it's really effective on my skin love u sis,and plz give me face pake in the irritation skin plzzz

  2. Anyone ever tried aloevera gel as makeup remover it works wonders for acne prone skin if you want to double cleanse

  3. There should be an affordable skincare brand for sensitive skin, just products with the bare minimum ingredients that arent likely to irritate. I love Avene but it's a bit too pricey for me

  4. Hi Liah! Long time follower & lover of Krave beauty. I recently moved back to the US, and my skin freaked out! I used Benzoyl Peroxide for the first time, and it made my skin so sensitive and raw! I haven't been able to find Avene locally — is there a drug store moisturizer you'd recommend to use while my skin is healing? Thanks!

  5. I def gonna do this tmr. Bc im just shook when i see this small small small baby starting hyperpigmentation. AND IM 17. I USE SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY. Its even shooking my mom, so like yes. Time to give my skin a break

  6. … Sleep management is my highest reason for inflammation in my skin barrier lol and pinkness on my inflamed acne(!)

    Definitely need to change this. Thanks for all the informative advice Liah. 😊

  7. Do you call this red? My face is worse than yours right now, it's a REAL TOMATO😂🍅. I wish you could see it! I'm on my way to the hospital.

  8. i have sensitive skin and got breakouts from using a new toner (i didn't notice it has perfume in it and my skin couldn't take it well) i still use a cleanser (from aveda, their botanical kinetics gel cleanser) then skipped everything beside aloe gel and hadalabo's shirojyun lotion/toner (i notice their gokujyun has alcohol in it)…i skipped everything else after that (also sprayed my face with avene's mist)

    the oat water is very interesting i will try it next time, thanks!

  9. 영상 너무 잘봤어욥!😀 추출물or천연오일이 들어간 수분크림이 잘 안맞아서 추천해주신 아벤느CPI크림 써보고픈데 미네랄오일이 들었더라구요! 미네랄오일이 발암물질이라고 말하는 곳들이 많아서ㅠㅠ..어떻게 생각하시나용??

  10. Organic products don’t have any harsh chemical preservatives but have shorter life spans, which is indicated on the packaging. No reason for anyone to not buy it!

  11. I think it's so true on the every words you've said when my skin is irritated sometimes I try to use more products to clean my skin as clean as possible but it's not heal and get even more irritated and onetime I was so lazy to heal
    my irritate skin and let's them go by didn't care and you know what it started to get better…then I realized I need to give my skin a break….and my skin is always get broken every single weeks …I've no idea FML 😿😿

  12. I've been seeing a Lot of videos about skincare in my language and so far I have not seen any that explains a routine as well as you do it you do it.
    it's much better to see these videos.
    very good research and explanation from you.
    Thanks so much, Will try the tips
    Love from México 🧡

  13. 안녕하세요! 😻😻
    이 영상 보고 아벤느 크림을 구매했는데요, 전성분을 보니 트리에탄올아민이 있던데 사용해도 괜찮은가요? 😥😥

  14. Hello, would you recommend excersice when your skin is super sensitive like this? Your videos are so helful, thank you c:

  15. I got a beauty care massager and gathered all my cleansers and exfoliaters and starts doing it all and then I felt a bad burn and now my face is so red and it hurts a lot

  16. Started using the Kiehl’s midnight recovery and It Secret Sauce a few days ago and now my face is dry and irritated and bumpy 😣

  17. I have sensitive eyes. I bought a nice moisturizer from la roche posay. However, not even getting near my eyes, after a while, my eyes started burning, becoming cloudy, etc. Does this product NOT do that? I hate ordering something to find out it didn't work. I use preservative free eyedrops for dry eyes. Ty! And I'm talking about the Avene Recovering Cream.

  18. I enjoyed this video alot. 98% of you tuber's that do videos on rosacea/ sensitive skin confuse me. They WON'T tell you if their skin is sensitive at all, BUT they will focus on the redness. Then, they DON'T tell you what skincare they use then they just bust out 553 different makeup products and brands and put it on their face! WTH?!?!? And for someone with sensitive skin for nearly 20 years, they gotta either had a reaction or gonna have one, or they are getting paid discreetly and lying to us just for some money. NOT cool. I've wasted money, time, energy. I've done trial and error for YEARS. I'm at the point to where even Clinique can bother me at times. I'm at my breaking point to where I feel like I HAVE to give up makeup forever. I'm 43, and my first dermatologist visit is Jan. 2nd. I can't wait yet I don't have high hopes. I accidentally chemically burned my face by using too many new products at once and doing the sticking my head over boiling hot water in a pot with vapor rub to clear my sinuses. I did that 4 times. Yea, I'm stupid. Tonight I put on Clinique's hydrating jelly moisturizer, Beyond Perfecting foundation, cheek pop in heather pop, uplighting illuminating powder in nude glow. A stinging feeling will come and go. It's been 2 hours and it's like my skin is debating whether it will tolerate it or not. It's been 2 weeks since I did the accidental face burn. What gives?!?!?

  19. Thanks for the tips. My skin is combination and hypersensitive skin. Acne prone.. after i using sunscreen it's getting worst in jaw area… T_T

  20. I have a cold and my skin is really suffering from it. It feels very dry, irritated and sensitive. My pores look huges despite the fact my skin is like a desert. I'm at the point where i can't apply moisturiser at all, it will just sit on top of my skin, doesn't sink in at all while it usually works great for me and it even stings a bit, so I've been skipping skincare for a day or 2 waiting for my skin to return to normal a bit. Is this the right way to go about it or should i invest in a moisturiser for hypersensitive skin?

  21. Help! My face literally has a huge red patch probably due to too much cleansing its really really bad what do i do???????!!!

  22. I discovered the 7 skin method and it was the solution to my irritated and very sensible skin. It s a miracle for me!!!!

  23. Hi Liah, thanks for this vid! In terms of stopping everything, I'm guessing this means also exfoliating? But if acne is involved then is exfoliating maybe once a week needed to get rid of any flakiness from the recovering skin? Thanks

  24. tks god i founded this precious video.
    my skin being irritated for many days. it's have redness, itching and even make fews acnes appeared. i was so desperated til i da moment i've found this video.
    I will try colloidal oatmeal and hope it will calm my skin

  25. I was experiencing really bad peeling after an acne treatment, even on my eyelids. Everything I put on was stinging. I turned to Avene eye cream and it was stinging like mad. Even when the irritation went away and I gave Avene another chance, still I felt stinging on my eyelids… so I wouldn't reccomend it. The only thing I could put on my face and eyelids when my face was peeling and was highly sensitized was the soothing sensitive cream by Primera. I also tried the soothing cream by La Roche, but it never got absorbed on my skin, and it always accumulated on the surface which only highlighted how dry and flaky my skin was. So i definitely highly reccomend Primera soothing skin for highly irritated and sensitized skin. Let me know if any of you have other alternatives that you swear by!

  26. I really needed this video for the last month I have constantly been getting allergic reactions to every new product that I have tried and to my old routine. It all started after I tried the huxley glow awakening cream for 3 days. Now every product is giving me reactions and I honestly don't know what to do. I am so scared now to use my skincare again.

  27. I'm a Muslim girl 🧕🏻❤️ and I cover all of my body when I go Out .. I really never thought that would be helpful for my skin .. anyway I really love your channel, plz never stop you're an inspiring person .. love u liah and thank u ❤️❤️

  28. Liah, i hope your read this. Is it can heal red spots? I mean i trying to use arbutin, niacinamide too, its work good but slowly. Sometimes and randomly i still can see my spots gettin red. Can this product help with the red spot???

  29. I really enjoy watching your videos. I can learn a lot of new things! Give me one more suggestion. Can I use a toner during this period?

  30. Why am I just finding this just now!?!??! I’ve been on the struggle bus with my irritation! Thank you for this! Trying the oat wash TODAY! ❤️

  31. That burn happened to me while using retinol; I also saw your necks reaction to it and it kinda made me fortify the idea of staying away from it. Vit c, tamanu oil, bha/aha, and niacinamide are all I need. 😤

  32. Gonna try the colloidal oat wash. My skin is getting weird and bumpy after starting a skincare routine, I think it might have been the BHA in one of my cleansers and I really hope it's purging not breaking me out…either way, not gonna give up on my skincare journey yet even if right now I pimply mess! Thanks for this video Liah!

  33. Lol I also burnt my skin with Shampoo. I left it on for too long and my skin was a mess. It is sensitive and sore

  34. Hey Liah ! I've just watched your video and I think it's very helpful, but instead of Avene recovery skin cream, is there any more affordable skin recovery creme ? hope you can show me XOXO

  35. Finally a video that has the info that i need … i am a muslim girl hijabi and niqabi as well so when i go out i cover my face except my eyes.. i have a very allergic skin and after living in Malaysia with its harsh weather and sun .. my face, neck, and hands became very sensitive to sun exposure! Thus allergic to many face products along the way. Even some essential oils irritate my skin so badly like olive oil or coconut oil. The doctor adviced me to quit all the products and use only cetaphil gentle cleanser and cream. It helped a lot thanks to Allah, but if i get too much sun exposure in one day, thats enough to give me a very bad skin irritation and swollen itchy face. So thanks a lot for ur tips ❤

  36. I say use a non foaming cleanser ' skipping cleansing not a good idea. Sothys aveda and kiehls have great non foaming cleansers and absolutely avoid alcohol base toners or essence.

  37. Hi Liah how about taking a bath using tap water? I mean, we can't avoid the water falling from our head to our face..

  38. Ugh. I went way overboard and bought tons of new skin care products and now I have extremely angry skin. I’m going to give the oatmeal water a try! Thank you for making this video!!

  39. I have combo skin and eczema but i used charchoal cleanser for very oily skin and my skin is like TOMATO. terrible reaction 🙁 i buy some gentle cream wash helped long ago in same issue. Hope it goes away 🙂 btw love ur videos

  40. Hi Liah! How long can you keep the oatmeal mixture for? I made it this morning and wondered if it’s ok to leave it in the tub for a few days?

  41. I have the exact same chemical type burn!! I did a DIY acne face mask which was toothpaste and baking soda and I put it EVERYWHERE as I was so insecure about my acne :/ next thing I knew my skin was burninggg but I endured it for an HOUR as I thought it was normal and that it was just 'working' next thing I knew my skin was r a w. like raw raw 😩 as in my skin burned and my skin (especially my t zone) was flaky and dry and inflamed and, well, burnt🤷

  42. lovely video 🙂 but,i suggest the use of 100% mineral sunscrean (its not irritating) if you go outside 🙂 and embrace the film haha

  43. Innisfree jeju volcanic pore cleanser ruined my face. Didn’t realize there was fragrance in the product.

  44. Thank you so much for these great tips Liah ❤ i've been struggling with my sensitive as hell skin lately and i hope following your tips will calm it

  45. Is there an updated version of this? GBR is released already and I was wondering how you can incorporate GBR into healing over exfoliated skin

  46. Rule no
    1. 1:05 cleanser
    2. 1:59 type of water
    3. 4:01 skip everything only moisturiser
    3. 6:33 skip sunscreen
    4. 7:45 skip makeup (mineral>liquid)
    avoid cleansing water/makeup wipes
    5.8:59 stress and sleep management

  47. It's so helpful sometimes I get rashes on my cheeks so I m afraid to use soap🤭but searching for next option now all ur tips r useful I will try thanku 👍👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌I dont do any make up ,can oily skin use tis moisturizer ?🤔

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